My Favorite Picture Ever

On Wednesday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill recognizing same-sex marriages in that state, becoming the 16th state to do so. And this may be the greatest picture I’ve ever seen. It’s a lonely Peter LaBarbera standing all by himself holding a sign protesting equality.

Peter LaBarbera

Aww, Peter. You look so forlorn. You’re failing in your lifelong quest to deny equality to millions of people you don’t even know. It must be so painful for you that you couldn’t even stop it in your own home state. If you’re looking for sympathy, though, it’s going to be a long wait.

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  • Trebuchet

    Kind of like Larry Klayman’s “millions”.

  • cottonnero

    Standing athwart history, yelling “Pay attention to me!”

  • david

    At least he’s wearing pants under that raincoat.

  • http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/ Quodlibet

    Homosexuality is “against nature”? He reveals his ignorance. Homosexuality is part of nature and occurs in many species. I am familiar with one mated pair of male mallard ducks that has lived in my neighborhood for a while:

    http://quodlibet-sarah.blogspot.com/2011/09/getting-along-just-swimmingly-thank-you.html

    Homosexuality is not against nature.

    Many aspects of religion are against nature.

  • dingojack

    Where exactly is Mr LaBarbera’s right hand? Or should we not ask?. 😉

    Dingo

  • Acolyte of Sagan

    What’s that bit about ‘Nature’s God’? How many feckin’ gods do they have?

  • hunter

    Quodlibet @4:

    When you stop to think about it, marriage is against nature.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Typical. You focus on the one “lonely Peter LaBarbera standing all by himself” and ignore the hundreds of thousands of protesters holding the camera!

  • Artor

    Is the guy in the background flipping him off? I would if I were there.

  • http://thebronzeblog.wordpress.com/ Bronze Dog

    I’m so tempted to put the “forever alone” face on top of his.

  • leskimopie

    What some people don’t realize is that Ninjas, Protoss Dark Templars, Predators, Klingons, Romulans, Covenant Elites, 2 dimensional people who are turned to the side and Ghosts are highly against same sex marriage.

  • http://www.twitter.com/jablair51 Ouabache

    You wanna know what else is “against nature”? Glasses.

  • sundiver

    If he’s looking for sympathy, I suggest he look in the dictionary between shit and syphilis. He aint getting any outa me.

  • rdmcpeek43

    Where’s his right hand? We can ask but I don’t think we want to *see* the answer!

  • vmanis1

    I guess I’m just a contrarian. While I do think this man’s ideas are disgusting, and look forward to them falling into the dustbin. of history, I do have to give him credit for being dedicated enough to stand there with his signs while people laugh at him. As a veteran of early LGBT demonstrations, I know what it’s like to stand there alone in the cold while people ignore or taunt you. So, while I despise everything he stands for, I do respect his effort to present his views. Poor deluded man, wedded [sic] to doomed ideas.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    It’s okay to stare, it’s okay to point, it’s even okay to laugh, but someone stole his tinfoil hat. That’s just wrong.

  • jnorris

    Just a bit off topic, but does anyone know how the Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas John Paprocki’s statewide exorcism went? Is Illinois safe to visit now? Do the Bears have God’s blessing now?

  • Trickster Goddess

    To quote somebody or other: “HA HA!”

  • Reverend PJ

    @15 I suppose I can find LaBarbera’s apparent dedicate to his cause impressive, but there is nothing admirable about his cause. Since I find his cause contemptible I find his efforts contemptible and unworthy of respect. If his efforts had not been aimed at denying other people the same protections he himself may enjoy. He also appears to be a proponent of `conversion’ therapy, which puts him in the position of actively promoting harm to others. He is contemptible, and in my opinion unworthy of any respect beyond that I give to anyone on the basis of our shared humanity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/den.wilson d.c.wilson

    If you’re looking for sympathy

    As my father would say, you find it between shit and syphillis in the dictionary.

  • dingojack

    Trickster Goddess (#18) – I believe it was Nelson Muntz, the spokesman for the Humanist Anti-Hate Association” (HA-HA), whom I’ve mentioned on a previous thread.

    😉 Dingo

  • dingojack

    oops borked the link try this.

    :(( Dingo

  • mordred

    Nature’s God? Is this guy supposed to be a Christian or a Pagan?

  • Michael Heath

    mordred writes:

    Nature’s God? Is this guy supposed to be a Christian or a Pagan?

    “Nature’s god” is a Christian phrase going back hundreds of years and based on ‘natural law’. Today’s it’s embraced by Christianists and Christian creationists. The former are looking to remove the cognitive dissonance of their falsely claimed embrace of liberty and to the Constitution while simultaneously proposing public policy that oppresses people and is unconstitutional, e.g., their seeking to continue discriminatory policies against gay people and their families.

    Obviously my two afore-mentioned groups are not mutually exclusive but instead largely overlap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1531393070 danrobinson

    Pity poor petulant Porno Pete.

    Piss on poor petulant Porno Pete

    Either one is fine with me. I’m just glad he lost!

  • dingojack

    Michael Heath – “Nature’s god” is a Christian phrase going back hundreds of years and based on ‘natural law.”

    Is there a cite for this?

    Curiously, Dingo

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Dingo, cite for going back hundreds of years? Jefferson: first paragraph of the Declaration of Independence

  • birgerjohansson

    Peter LaBarbera sacrificed the other hundreds of demonstrants so he could absorb their life essence and gain the power to slay his adversaries. There is a time lag between absorbtion and ascending to demi-god status.